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So it's real hot here in NZ and Mumma hen has abandoned her chicks...she seemed to stay in the coop for a couple of days afer they all hatched and were relocated to the coop. I questioned if they were leaving but made the assumption they were. Now I fear that she kept them all in the nest not feeding or watering them. So 5 of her chicks were dead and I have 3 left...they were cold and barely moving...i have them in a double boiler with tepid water...was about to incubate them, but i'm worried about dehydration. Help please...I have had little success in rehabing these types of situations and I would appreciate your tips!
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Most important - keep them warm - first week around 90F and reduce by 5 degrees each week. They need water - if you have something like Sav-a-chik electrolyte powder that would be great, if not a little sugar water to start them off. You will need to dip their beaks in it so they get the idea. They will need chick starter food - I would suggest making a porridge consistency mash with it for them - that way they should get re-hydrated fairly quickly.

  Sometimes Momma Chicken does a rotten job of being a Mom - now it's up to you! :)

  Pasty butt can be a problem, especially if they get too hot. you need to check their bums fairly frequently, if it's pasted you will have to remove the poop. Q-tip, fingernail etc. with some mild soap and water - don't get the chick soaking wet, not good.

 Once you have them warm, eating and drinking should follow quickly, please keep us posted on your progress!   :fl

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Expat Brit living the dream - 40ish chickens, 2 Beagles, 2 cats, rabbits........and counting.

Blogger for: www.thehappychickencoop.com

 

    We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.     Mother Teresa

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x2

 

Excellent advice.

 

LofMc

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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